M.S. Cultural and Environmental Resource Management

Central Washington University (CWU)

Organization:  Central Washington University

Location: Ellensburg, WA

Type of opportunity: academic

Contact: Dr. Anthony Gabriel | gabriela@cwu.edu


The Cultural and Environmental Resource Management (CERM) is an applied, interdisciplinary Masters of Science program at Central Washington University (CWU) in Ellensburg, Washington.  Geography as well as Anthropology, Economics, Biology, Communications, Geology, History, Political Science, and Recreation and Tourism faculty participate in this program.

Coursework in the program develops a strong foundation in resource management issues, policy and law, conflict management, resource analysis, and research proposal development. Students are responsible for conducting original research to complete a Master’s thesis with a strong emphasis on fieldwork. Students are also encouraged to participate in regional and national meetings to present research, build networks, and seek future employment or academic opportunities.

CERM graduates work for public agencies, Indian tribes, private firms, and non-governmental organizations shaping natural and cultural resource management and policy throughout the western United States.  A significant number of our graduates also go on to earn PhD’s.

The CERM program is housed in an award-winning, state-of-the-art, LEED-certified green building on CWU Ellensburg’s campus.  Ellensburg is situated along the Yakima River in the Kittitas Basin, a setting transitional to the Cascade Range and Puget Sound to the west and the semi-arid Columbia Plateau to the east.  This community of ~17,000 lies 100 miles east of Seattle

Start and end dates: Fall 2016

Salary/pay: Approximately 12-14 graduate assistantships are available for qualified students on a competitive basis each year.  Graduate assistantships involve a combination of teaching and research in the Geography, Anthropology and Economics Departments.  CERM is also a part of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WICHE) (http://wiche.edu/wrgp), through which residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming pay in-state tuition.

Link to more information: ProgramDescription

How to apply: Go to (http://www.cwu.edu/masters/)

Application Deadline: Feb. 1